Bands, bowling and billiards give students chance to unwind without breaking bank

Monday, July 28, 2008 | 2:57 p.m. CDT; updated 3:08 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 28, 2008
Katrice Jackson, right, shares a laugh with Olivia Win, center, after their friend Michael Stuart, left, finishes his roll at T.A. Brady's.

See a band

Live music is never hard to find in Columbia. Venues such as The Blue Note, Mojo's and The Blue Fugue offer a wide variety of local and national acts.

The Blue Note, located at 17 N. Ninth St., offers a variety of national acts on an almost nightly basis during the fall and spring semesters.

"The Blue Note is the most prominent live music venue in Columbia," said Peter McDevitt, The Blue Note's talent buyer. "The size of our venue attracts a caliber of acts that can't play at smaller venues."

Built to Spill, Drowning Pool and Kill Hannah are a few of the acts that played recently at The Blue Note.

Tickets for shows can be purchased at or at The Blue Note. McDevitt said most of the shows are for all-ages. Prices usually range from $10 to $25.

Occasionally, The Blue Note hosts dance parties on Saturday evenings. DJ Pixie plays '80s music and there are drink specials. Admission is $5 for anyone 21 or older and $8 for ages 18 to 20.

Mojo's, located at 1013 Park Ave., and The Blue Fugue, located at 120 S. Ninth St., are smaller venues and feature both local and national acts.

Like The Blue Note, Mojo's and The Blue Fugue have shows almost every night of the week during the school year. Prices for these shows typically range from $5 to $10.

Hang out at MU

The MU campus offers students a range of fun, affordable entertainment. T.A. Brady's, located in the lower level of Brady Commons, has bowling, billiards and a game room.

During the fall and spring semesters, T.A. Brady's is open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to midnight Fridays, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturdays and noon to 11 p.m. Sundays.


Refreshments such as Subway sandwiches, chips, candy and soft drinks are available.

The bowling alley includes eight lanes with automatic scoring. T.A. Brady's often runs daily specials, but the standard cost for a game of bowling is $3 for students, $3.50 for the public and $2.50 for shoe rental.

The billiards room features six eight-foot pool tables and televisions. Pool tables cost $6 per hour.

T.A. Brady's has one of the largest video game selections in Columbia. Slam 'n Jam Basketball, Dance Dance Revolution and Tekken 5 are a few of the games offered.

Another entertainment option located at MU is Mizzou After Dark events. Mizzou After Dark, or MAD, is a campus organization dedicated to providing safe and fun activities for students. MAD focuses on bringing students from diverse backgrounds together.

During the fall and spring semesters, MAD hosts events almost every Friday night in both Brady Commons and Memorial Union. Events are free for MU students and $5 for the public.

Past events hosted by MAD included Las Vegas Night, which featured casino games and cash prizes, and Battle of the Bands, where local bands competed.



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